The greatest fears of the family of missing woman Marcelle Smith have been realised.
The decomposed body of the woman found in a ravine at Halton Plantation in St Philip two Saturdays ago was positively identified this afternoon as that of 75-year-old Smith, who had been missing for the past three weeks.
Acting Commissioner of Police in charge of Crime Management and Investigation Livingstone Eversley told Barbados TODAY an autopsy conducted on the remains this afternoon not only confirmed the identity, but also found the cause of her death.
However, Eversley declined to disclose the full results until Smith’s family was first notified.
He was certain, though, that, as a result of the autopsy’s findings, the man now in police custody, charged with stealing Smith’s car, would be charged this week with her death.
After appearing in court last week to answer the theft charge, 36-year-old Cheriss Ince, a carpenter of Four Roads, St Philip was remanded to HMS Prison at Dodds, St Philip until tomorrow when he will appear in the District “C” Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Christopher Birch.